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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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Wise Leadership Isn't a Gender Issue

about 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea?  Women in prominent leadership positions frequently get asked about gendered differences in leadership style. Are women more collaborative? Is an aggressive negotiating style a more “naturally” masculine trait? Susan Schwab, who negotiated complex, high-stakes international ...

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Whose Responsibility is Work-Life Balance?

about 2 years ago

A conversation that could easily be taking place this very moment, somewhere in the United States... A: Man, the French really have their priorities straight. Three months of vacation a year. Wine with dinner every night. None of this diet craziness or pathological sleep-deprivation. Kids ...

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How Female Economic Power Improves Society

almost 4 years ago

With greater educational opportunities yielding better jobs for women than ever before, female spending power has become a central engine of the economy—and is changing the world for the better. While male incomes have remained rather flat over the past 30 years, adjusted for inflation, women ...

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Does Islam Really Subjugate Women?

almost 4 years ago

There is popular narrative in the West that Islam is sexist. Brutal accounts of honor killings and public stonings of women accused of adultery have permeated the Western media. But these heinous acts affect a small minority of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, particularly those in fundamentalist ...

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The "Glass Ceiling" Is Actually a Labyrinth

almost 4 years ago

As notable women have reached the highest echelons of business, and as women have surpassed men in higher education, it's tempting to think that the idea of a "glass ceiling" is becoming outdated. But research indicates that prejudice still persists in the workforce in the form of wage, employment ...

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The Female—And Extreme-Female—Brain

almost 4 years ago

Ideas that one sex has an inherent genetic advantage over the other have long been held as taboo, lest low-level biological variance be unfairly and unscientifically used to prop up gender stereotypes.  But new research finds that baseline genetic differences in the brain do affect a person's ...

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Lehman Sisters Wouldn't Have Failed

almost 4 years ago

Even as high-profile, high-profit professions like medicine and the law have edged toward gender parity, the financial firms on Wall Street continue to be dominated by men. But research indicates that women may be better suited than men, biochemically, to succeed as traders and fund managers ...

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Why Women Make Better Politicians

almost 4 years ago

Ninety years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed their participation in American politics, women are still greatly underrepresented in elected office—even though new research shows they may be more effective politicians than their male counterparts. According to the Center for American Women and ...